I’ve had a very memorable year podcasting with the Steve Dahl Network. Most recently, and shockingly, my show was nominated for the national Podcast Awards. Once I get more information on how to vote for a winner, I’ll probably be asking for your help (In fact, I think voting officially starts tomorrow).
I’ve been lucky to have had some big-time guests on this year, mostly from the world of music (go figure). It occurred to me, however, that I should probably take a few steps back and spend more time focused on an area I love and have unintentionally underserved: Chicago music.
December, 2012 is LOCALCEMBER on the James VanOsdol Show, featuring nothing but Chicago bands. I’ll be interviewing cool up-and-coming local bands all month and, if the bands are willing, also playing their music on the show.
What does this mean to you? If you’re in a band, I want to hear your stuff. If you know someone in a band, please tell them about Localcember. It’ll be just like when I hosted Local 101 back in the day … only this time around, I don’t need to edit out profanity from songs. Well, that, and I’ll have to get formal permission to actually play the songs.
Genre is unimportant. I’ll play rock, metal, alt, blues … whatever sounds good.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Localcember: it’s a Chicago thing.
Local bands: you can follow in the footsteps of these honorable folks, who have all been interviewed on my show this year (listed in no particular order):
James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins/A Perfect Circle)
Queensryche (Geoff Tate)
The Yardbirds (Jim McCarty)
The Tubes (Fee Waybill)
Steve Howe (Yes/Asia)
Rebirth Brass Band
Soul Asylum (Dave Pirner)
actor Paul Adelstein (“Private Practice,” “Prison Break”)
musician/producer Butch Walker
The Last Vegas
Martin Atkins (Pigface, Public Image Ltd.)
Die Warzau (Jim Marcus)
Girl in a Coma
Chantal Claret (solo artist/Morningwood singer)
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
author/rock critic Jim DeRogatis
author Brian Cronin (“Was Superman a Spy?”)
author Will Murray (Doc Savage)
horror film host Svengoolie
Michael McDermott is the kind of guy you can’t help but root for. Debuting at the front end of the 1990s with a well-received major label release (620 W. Surf), his songcraft has only improved in the years and decades that have followed.
Most recently, McDermott successfully crowdfunded his next release through Kickstarter, with plans to release the project this summer. Over 30K was raised by 142 people who wanted to see the album come to life. Michael McDermott may not be a household name, but damn it all if his fans aren’t believers.
I never got the chance to interview Michael during my radio days, and I wanted to make up for lost time by having him on the podcast. For those unfamiliar with his music, this album remains a favorite of mine. You may also like “Unemployed,” which is referenced during the interview. That song couldn’t be more timely, despite it being ten years old.
Please give this episode a listen, then take some time to discover (or get reintroduced to) a true Chicago treasure.
Tom from Soil sent me an email from the road. Apparently, bus troubles forced them to miss their mainstage slot at the Download Festival overseas. Regardless, he made it sound like the band is having the time of their lives. There’s something immensely satisfying about seeing a local band taking their act to other countries.